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“Try their specials”
Review of La Marmite - CLOSED

La Marmite
Cuisines: French
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

The restaurant is small and intimate. The French owner is here for the long term, so he'll be upgrading the restaurant gradually. He's putting in an outside dining area, which is much nicer in the hot season than the main restaurant; a converted family home. Behind the outside dining area, he plans to put in a bowling green.

The steaks are quite good, but like most Europeans, the chef tends to overcook them. Order rare if you want medium rare.

I've dined here four times now and each time has been very good. Every day, the chef creates one 'special' dish. The previous two times I had dinner here, I tried his specials and both the pigeon and the seafood casserole were wonderful.

His house wine is boxed, but it has to be about the best boxed red wine I've every had. It's not McDonalds, so each individual portion takes some time to prepare. Just order another wine and enjoy the ambiance while your meal is being prepared.

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Thank SteveMuiNe_Vietnam
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

Went here on the recommendation of a TA destination expert. This is a new restaurant & so allowances have been made in the rating. It would have been 5 stars if not for a couple of issues.

The restaurant is a little way from the main tourist area so a cab ride - this cost us 30,000 from Grace hotel - suspect 100,000 from the main area of tourist action. It was worth it.

When you walk in it reminds you of a country restaurant in France - very well reconstructed & obviously new but inside seating and no AC - so a little too warm, even with windows open and fans on.

Sadly, there was no salad this evening despite most of the starters being salad based so that was a disappointment. We therefore shared a cold meat plate which was delicious (220,000) - consisted of bread, ham,salami,pate & two other types of cold meat that were all delicious.

Then the main event - we had fillet steak (220g) - it was cooked well (remember, this is a French chef and so cooked the French way. Therefore, expect medium to be the equivalent to medium rare in England) served with potatoes gratin. There was a choice of sauces - I had blue cheese & my husband had peppercorn - both were exceptional.
My only disappointment was I had 2 glasses of red wine leading up to my main course & by the time the steak was ready the restaurant had run out of red wine.

Come on guys, I know you are starting up & need to minimise wastage & cost but you specialise in steaks & run out of red wine!!!!! - this, along with no salad reduces excellent to very good

All of above & 3 bacardi & cokes came to 945,000 VND, so the expensive range for Vietnam.

Worth the trip - could be excellent if they just upped their game a bit

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Reviewed 23 March 2014
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Reviewed 4 February 2014
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Reviewed 23 January 2014 via mobile
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